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  • FENTANYL ARE ON THE RISE ACROSS

  • THE COUNTRY.

  • AND IT'S ESPECIALLY GRIM FOR

  • YOUNG PEOPLE - MORE THAN 75

  • PERCENT OF ADOLESCENT OVERDOSE

  • DEATHS IN 2021 INVOLVED THE

  • POWERFUL SYNTHETIC OPIOID.

  • SCHOOLS IN CITIES FROM BALTIMORE

  • TO TUCSON ARE STOCKING UP ON

  • NARCAN, MEDICATION USED TO

  • REVERSE OVERDOSES.

  • STEPHANIE SY REPORTS FROM

  • SACRAMENTO, WHERE NARCAN IS NOW

  • AVAILABLE AT ALL K-12 SCHOOLS.

  • STEPHANIE: WE MET THIS MOM IN A

  • PARK IN SACRAMENTO.

  • SHE DIDN'T WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED

  • BECAUSE HER 15-YEAR OLD SON IS

  • STILL BATTLING DRUG ADDICTION.

  • HE WAS TAKING COUNTERFEIT

  • PERCOCETS.

  • >> WHAT THEY DO IS THEY CRUSH

  • THE PILL AND PUT IT ON FOIL AND

  • LIGHT IT AND INHALE THE SMOKE.

  • AND SO THAT'S HOW THEY GET THE

  • HIGH.

  • STEPHANIE: SHE CAUGHT IT EARLY

  • AND INTERVENED.

  • HE'S ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.

  • >> THERE ARE A NUMBER OF

  • PROMINENT STORIES IN THE AREA OF

  • TEENS WHO WERE DOING EXACTLY

  • WHAT MY SON WAS DOING, EXCEPT

  • THEY ARE NOT ALIVE ANYMORE.

  • STEPHANIE: PICTURES OF THOSE

  • TEENS WERE PUT UP IN THIS HIGH

  • SCHOOL GYMNASIUM IN SACRAMENTO,

  • CALIFORNIA, AS A HANDFUL OF

  • PARENTS LISTENED TO AN

  • INFORMATION SESSION ABOUT

  • FENTANYL, A SYNTHETIC OPIOID

  • THAT IS UP TO 100 TIMES MORE

  • POTENT THAN MORPHINE.

  • KRISTEL: OVER 16,000 GRAMS JUST

  • IN A SACRAMENTO COUNTY.

  • STEPHANIE: KRISTEL SUCHLAND, A

  • CRIMINALIST FOR THE COUNTY, HAS

  • RUN TESTS ON STREET DRUGS THAT

  • HAVE RECENTLY BEEN SEIZED IN THE

  • AREA.

  • KRISTEL: EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE

  • SEEING PILL WISE, 98%, 99% OF

  • THEM ARE NOT WHAT THEY LOOK

  • LIKE.

  • THEY ARE FENTANYL.

  • THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO TELL THE

  • KIDS IS IF YOU'RE GETTING IT OFF

  • THE STREET, YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT

  • YOU'RE GETTING BECAUSE IT IS

  • SHOWING UP IN EVERYTHING YOU

  • -- IN EVERYTHING.

  • YOU THINK YOU ARE GETTING, YOU

  • KNOW, AN OXYCODONE TABLET.

  • IT'S FENTANYL.

  • STEPHANIE: ORGANIZED BY A

  • PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GROUP

  • ARRIVE ALIVE CALIFORNIA AND

  • SACRAMENTO COUNTY HEALTH AND LAW

  • ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, THE

  • PRESENTATION WAS AS MUCH ABOUT

  • THE DANGERS OF FENTANYL AS IT

  • WAS A PITCH FOR NARCAN, A

  • MEDICATION THAT CAN REVERSE

  • OPIOID OVERDOSES.

  • ROMAIN: CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS...

  • STEPHANIE: ROMAINE JONES, A

  • FATHER OF A HIGH SCHOOL WAS

  • AMONG THE CONCERNED PARENTS

  • LISTENING IN.

  • ROMAINE: THEY CAN PUT THE POWDER

  • ON WHATEVER AND THE KIDS CAN GET

  • ADDICTED.

  • I THINK THEY SHOULD STRESS THAT

  • A LOT MORE THAN THE PILL,

  • BECAUSE IT IS BASICALLY ON

  • EVERYTHING.

  • STEPHANIE: JONES TOOK A DOSE OF

  • THE NARCAN NASAL SPRAY MADE

  • AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS WITH HIM

  • AS HE LEFT.

  • FATAL DRUG OVERDOSES AMONG TEENS

  • NEARLY DOUBLED BETWEEN 2019 AND

  • 2020 -- FROM 492 DEATHS TO 954

  • DEATHS.

  • LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 1,146

  • ADOLESCENTS WHO DIED, THE

  • ALARMING RISE LARGELY DUE TO

  • ILLICIT FENTANYL.

  • THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY SAYS

  • THE INFLUX OF RAINBOW FENTANYL,

  • MULTI-COLORED PILLS THAT LOOK

  • LIKE CANDY, HAS BEEN A

  • DELIBERATE ATTEMPT BY DRUG

  • TRAFFICKERS TO DRIVE ADDICTION

  • IN KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS.

  • IN SEPTEMBER, A 15 YEAR OLD

  • GIRL, MELANIE RAMOS, WAS FOUND

  • DEAD OF AN OVERDOSE IN THE

  • BATHROOM OF A SOUTHERN

  • CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL.

  • HER DEATH SET OFF ALARMS IN

  • SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE, AND

  • MANY, LIKE CK MCCLATCHY HIGH

  • SCHOOL IN SACRAMENTO, ARE NOW

  • PUTTING NARCAN ON CAMPUS.

  • STUDENTS WE TALKED HAD MIXED

  • REACTIONS TO MAKING NARCAN MORE

  • AVAILABLE.

  • ELI ATEN IS THE STUDENT BODY

  • PRESIDENT.

  • ELI: IF THERE ARE KIDS DOING

  • DRUGS LIKE THAT, YOU NEED SOME

  • WAY TO HELP THEM, YOU CAN'T JUST

  • LET THEM DIE ON THE SCENE.

  • BUT I GET THAT IT COULD JUST BE

  • HELPING THE PROBLEM BECAUSE

  • PEOPLE COULD GET THEIR HANDS ON

  • NARCAN TO HELP FACILITATE THEIR

  • DRUG USE.

  • STEPHANIE: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE

  • THAT MAKING NARCAN AVAILABLE IN

  • SCHOOLS WOULD INCREASE OPIOID

  • USE.

  • SENIOR MYCAH REA THINKS HAVING

  • NARCAN AROUND IS A GOOD IDEA,

  • ADDING THAT MANY STUDENTS MAY

  • NOT KNOW WHAT THEY'RE REALLY

  • GETTING WHEN THEY BUY PILLS.

  • MYCAH: I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S EASY

  • TO GET.

  • I THINK MORE SO IT'S EASY TO

  • MISTAKE.

  • BECAUSE IF THERE'S A STUDENT

  • THAT SAYS I WANT TO GO GET THIS

  • THIS WEEKEND, AND THEY DON'T

  • KNOW THAT IT'S LACED WITH

  • FENTANYL AND THEN THEY TAKE IT

  • WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND SOMEONE

  • COULD OD.

  • I THINK THAT'S HOW IT COULD BE

  • MORE POPULAR, MORE COMMON.

  • STEPHANIE: WE WERE AT CK

  • MCCLATCHY AS THE SCHOOL NURSE,

  • CAROLINE SCHRADER, PREPARED THE

  • CAMPUS FOR NARCAN.

  • SO THIS IS ONE OF THE SIGNS

  • HERE?

  • CAROLINE: EXACTLY, WE STARTED

  • PUTTING THESE UP TO NOTIFY

  • ANYBODY THE HALLWAYS THAT WE

  • HAVE THE NARCAN HERE READILY

  • AVAILABLE.

  • WE PICKED THE WELLNESS CENTER

  • AND STUDENT CENTER BECAUSE

  • THERE'S A LOT OF TRAFFIC.

  • A LOT OF KIDS COME THROUGH AND

  • THEY KNOW IT.

  • IT IS A GENERAL AREA TO COME TO.

  • STEPHANIE: SCHRADER, A FORMER

  • ICU NURSE, SAYS STREET FENTANYL

  • IS UNPREDICTABLE, AND HAVING

  • NARCAN IS AS IMPORTANT FOR

  • SAVING LIVES AS HAVING EPI-PENS

  • FOR KIDS WITH DEADLY ALLERGIES.

  • CAROLINE: A LOT OF YOUR

  • OVERDOSES DON'T HAPPEN WITH YOUR

  • ADDICTS.

  • THEY HAPPEN MORE WITH THE FIRST

  • TIME USERS.

  • THEY ARE TAKING ONE DOSE AND

  • DYING.

  • STEPHANIE: 27 STATES,

  • HIGHLIGHTED HERE IN GREEN, HAVE

  • AMENDED LAWS TO MAKE IT EASIER